King, who has spent 12 years as the Executive Director in charge of the Queensland Academy of Sport, began his career with Queensland Cricket where he coached the Queensland Bulls to a hat-trick of titles.
A talented all-round sportsman who played first grade cricket for Norths and was a winger for the Gold Coast Giants in the NSWRL, King was an assistant coach to John Buchanan with the Bulls before taking on the head coaching role.
He oversaw Queensland’s championship hat-trick in 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02 before taking on the opportunity to be the head coach of the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy, the forerunner of the National Cricket Centre.
King then took on the job as West Indies coach, including their 2007 ICC World Cup campaign.
During his time with the QAS, King had responsibility for working with 22 sports and more than 600 athletes and scholarship holders.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Terry Svenson welcomed the appointment of King, who was involved in overseeing Queensland athlete and coach preparations for three Olympic Games as well as Commonwealth Games and World Championships.
“Queensland Cricket conducted an extensive search to find a skilled leader who will drive the strategic direction of the department and ensure we employ world’s best practice in driving individual and team performance, talent pathways, and coaching development,’’ he said.
“Bennett’s background as a highly successful coach and then as a nationally recognised sports administrator and leader clearly meets those criteria and we are excited to have him working for Queensland Cricket once more.”
“His recent experiences with a wide range of sports, coaches and athletes will see him best-placed to drive key areas of our game, including the important growth and development of coaches and coaching programs within Queensland Cricket.”
“Bennett’s passion for excellence is well known and we look forward to him coming on board to ensure Queensland continues to contribute strongly to the overall development of Australian Cricket,’’ said Svenson.
The appointment was made following an interview process featuring a panel comprising Svenson, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager – High Performance, Drew Ginn, Queensland Cricket Chairman and former Bulls captain Chris Simpson and Bulls coach Wade Seccombe.
Svenson said King would commence in his new role later this month.